ON THE COACH CODE
OF CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THEIR RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST
THE COACH CODE
OF CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THEIR RELATIONSHIP OF TRUST
COACH CODE OF CONDUCT
At all times adhere to the BAB Code of Ethics, Rules and Laws.
At all times adhere to the Child Safeguarding Policy of the BAB and
follow ensure you follow the guidance in Good Practice and Practices
to be avoided,
Raise concerns as outlined in the Child Safeguarding Policy about
behaviour by staff, managers, volunteers, and others, which may be
to those in their care, without
prejudice to their own
position. This duty also related toconcerns about any child’s behaviour that could harm or
harm to themselves or others.
Refer all concerns of a child safeguarding nature in line with the BAB
Child Safeguarding Policy.
·Consistently display high standards of behaviour
·Never exert undue influence to obtain personal
benefit or reward. In particular, coaches must not use their position
to establish or pursue a sexual or improper relationship with a
participant under 18 or someone close to them.
Treat all information of a personal nature about individual Aikidoka
as confidential except in circumstances where to do so will allow the
to be placed at risk of harm or continue to be at risk of harm.
Encourage all Aikidoka to obey the spirit of the rules both in and out
Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in
all areas in relation to coaching children.
·Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other
coaches, officials, sport scientists, doctors, and physiotherapists)
in the best interests of the Aikidoka.
Never encourage Aikidoka, volunteers, officials or parents to violate
or condone the rules of the club or the martial art and report any
Observe the authority and the decision of the officials and only
question those decisions in the appropriate manner.
Treat all competitors and other club teams with respect, whether that
is in victory or defeat and encourage all team members and fellow
members to do the same.
COACH RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THEIR RELATIONSHIP OF
A “Position of trust” held by those in authority over children in
Aikido is outlined in Section 1
Part 1 of this document.
The relationships between coaches/teachers/assistant-coaches/helpers
and students/children in the Aikido setting are "Relationships of
The term, "Relationship of Trust" is used to describe the unequal
relationship that exists between people of different status in
as a result of
which one of the parties
could be seen as being vulnerable, such as doctor/patient,
The inequality of a relationship in which one party has significantly
greater power or influence over the other is such that it would be
form an intimate
or sexual relationship while
continuing the relationship of trust.
The power and influence that an older or senior member has over
someone attending a group or activity must not be under-estimated.If there is an
or competitive aspect to the
activity and the older person is responsible for the child’s success
or failure to some extent,
then the dependency
of the child member
the older will be increased.
Although children of 16 or 17 can legally consent to some types of
sexual activity, they may still be relatively immature emotionally.In many areas of the
law, for example
the right to vote or the
provisions of the Children Act 1989, they are still classed as
The potential inequality of a relationship of trust can be seen as
undermining the ability of the individual being looked after to give
free consent. This aspect
relationship can continue to be a significant factor into
adulthood and it should be remembered that any sexual activity that is
freely consented to is criminal.
The effects of an unequal relationship on either person may not be
something either party is aware of, or sets out to exploit, however,
sexual relationships, or
sexual relationships where a party
is unable fully to give free consent, should not be allowed, even
to develop.The inequality at the heart of a relationship
of trust should
be ended before any sexual relationship develops.
relationships with a child below the age of consent are
illegal and never acceptable under any circumstances
COACHING RATIOS AND SUPERVISION
It is recognised that coaching styles within the BAB
may vary from Association to Association; however, when working with
groups of children, the following ratios staff to child ratios shall
·Children aged under 5.The
ratio of coach/assistant/helper to these children is 1:3 with the
proviso that in unforeseen circumstances it may be allowed to be 1:4 subject to risk assessment;this is to satisfy occasions of, for instance, additional
children turning up unexpectedly and/or an assistant/helper not
turning up for the class.In any circumstance a ratio of 1:4 is the maximum student ratio
·Children aged 5 and over.When
working with groups of children aged 5 and over, the
minimum ratio is one
coach/assistant to 10 children. This
ratio may need tobe lowered in some cases to meet the Coach’s “duty
of care” to the children.This could be, for instance, where the predominance of children
in the class is in the range of 5-8 year olds.Where the age mix of the children is predominantly “teenagers”
this ratio may be increased to , subject to risk assessment.
·All Children.Coaches should never work alone in or with any group of
children. They should have at least one other coach, assistant coach
or volunteer present at all times who has been CRB/ISA checked by
·Consideration should also be given to staffing required in cases where an
accident or emergency occurs with sufficient staff present to not only
cope with the casualty/emergency but also supervise the remaining
·Some of the many factors that should be taken into account when
considering ratios of staff to children is the ability of the group,
any special educational or medical needs by all or part of the group,
the activity to be undertaken and the experience of the coach.
·At least 2 members of staff should remain until all children are
collected and always ensure each child is collected by a responsible
parent, carer, guardian or nominated adult.The adults should be suitably CRB checked unless this is not
possible in the situation that arises.Follow the guidance in the section on “Late Collection of
Children” if parents/carers persistently collects children late or
children persistently fail to be collected by a responsible adult.
COACH ADHERANCE TO THE EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION POLICY
The BAB is committed to
tackling all forms of discrimination and to strive to become inclusive
of all those who want to participate in Aikido irrespective of their
race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and faith and
ability.In this regard
the BAB will not tolerate:
the grounds set out in the paragraph above
behaviour detrimental to any individuals or groups of individuals
The BAB Equality Policy, which includes the BAB’s commitment to equity and
ethics in sport, can be viewed here
or on the website download page.
This appendix is part
of the BAB Safeguarding Policy which is held as a PDF document
in the download area (shown below) and should be considered as
the only reference document. Although these pages will be kept
up to date as much as possible they may not be as current or may be
abridged in comparison to the Safeguarding Policy. After reading any information here please
reconfirm from the latest version of the Safeguarding Policy.